You’re familiar with the Occupation Safety & Health Administration, but how much do you know about what the agency really does? Take a few minutes to become better acquainted with OSHA, to make sure you’re taking full advantage of everything it has to offer.
Part of the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA was established in 1970 to guarantee safe and healthy working conditions by creating and enforcing standards and providing training, outreach, education, and assistance. The agency’s coverage extends to most private sector employers and workers and some public sector employers and workers in the 50 U.S. states and some territories and jurisdictions.
OSHA Laws and Regulations
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 — i.e., the OSH Act that established OSHA — requires employers to comply with standards designed to create a safe and healthy workplace. By law, employers are also required to comply with the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act, which mandates workplaces be free of serious recognized hazards.
In total 22, U.S. states and territories have their own OSHA-approved state plans. Including coverage for both private, state, and local government workers, these plans are required to be at least as effective as the federal OSHA program.
In terms of federal agencies, Federal OSHA is a small one. In conjunction with its state partners, OSHA has roughly 2,100 inspectors working to ensure health and safety standards for 130 million workers are met. Federal OSHA operates with 10 regional offices and 85 local area offices.
. Worksite illnesses and injuries are fully preventable, so if everyone joined OSHA and worked together, that number should be zero.
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